Computer: Dell Dimension 9200; Vista. there are times that the hard drive (which is noisy anyway) suddenly seems to burst into manic activity and everything else slows down to a snail's pace; it will even 'spring out' of sleep to do this. How do I find out what's going on? I can't understand Task Manager and I've not found any software that actually identifies what the computer is doing in plain english so that I can decide what to do about it. Is there something like that out there?
Thank you for these comments: I have 1GB of memory and there remains 150GB free on my hard drive. I take the point that it seems that I ought to increase the memory but I still don't know how to discover exactly what my computer is doing - is there any software out there that does that (in terms that I can understand?).
Thank you, I've been to Crucial and ordered an extra 2GB of memory on the grounds that they say that my 32 bit system won't recognise anything over 3 or 3.5GB. Glad to know that it's normal, even if somewhat alarming.
Thank you for all your help. I've loaded more memory and that has certainly stopped the thrashing; I've also disabled Superfetch as you recommended and the computer is making less noise and hasn't woken itself from sleep.
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